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Mexico City dating guide advises how to meet single girls. You just need to know the basic steps how to date Mexican women. Learn how to arrange dates with hot Mexican girls, how to take your relationship to the next level and how to find your soulmate and fall in love. Read more on how to date local women and where to meet girls in Mexico City, Mexico.


Girls in Mexico City:

  • Looks of girls: 4.5 / 5
  • Attitude of girls: 4 / 5
  • Loyalty of girls: 4 / 5
  • Education level of girls: 3.5 / 5

Dating in Mexico City:

  • Chance of arranging dates: 3 / 5
  • Casual dating culture: 3 / 5
  • Online dating popularity: 3 / 5

Sex in Mexico City:

  • Women's sexual activity: 3 / 5
  • One-night stands: 3 / 5

More about Mexico City:

  • Nightlife in general: 3.5 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 3 / 5
  • Moving around the city: 3 / 5
  • Budget per day: US$100 - $500
  • Accommodation: US$40 - $250

Dating

Mexico City is the capital and largest city of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. Mexico City is one of the most important cultural and financial centers in the world. It is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus in the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters. The population for the city proper is approximately 10 million people, with a land area of 1,485 square kilometers. According to the most recent definition agreed upon by the federal and state governments, the population of Greater Mexico City is 21.3 million, which makes it the second-largest metropolitan area of the Western Hemisphere, the eleventh-largest agglomeration, and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Mexico's City is the oldest capital city in the Americas.

If you want to date a Mexican girl, you should get used to a lot of small traditions, inseparable from daily life. They have a lot of ceremonies inside the family - meeting parents, compulsory family dinners, relatives and siblings visits. Everyone around will be sweet and laid-back, so you will need all the communication skills to gel along with such a crowd. At the same time, Mexicans are very delicate and precise when they deal with something serious, especially marriage. Women here deeply care about their family and future kids, so they do everything they can to prepare themselves for it.


Dating Culture

If a young man wishes to take dating a step further into official courtship/engagement, he typically begins by speaking with the girl's father. When dating turns to serious consideration of marriage, the girl's father must be consulted. Once he receives her father's blessing, a young Mexican man typically plans a grand gesture for his sweetheart. For example, if her father says no to a suitor, she may be able to convince him to give the young man a chance. On the other hand, if her father grants permission to a young man to serenade her, yet her affections do not run deeply for him, she has the right to remain inside, signaling her rejection of his affections.

If her father agrees, the young man arranges to visit her family home on a subsequent afternoon or evening. This and subsequent dates take place primarily in her family's home with all of her relatives present, including aunts and uncles, grandparents, and cousins. If their relationship stands the test of time, the girl's parents may permit them a few private moments alone outside on the porch. Young ladies expect their suitors to lavish them with flowers, chocolates, and other gifts.


Women

The status of women in Mexico has changed significantly over time. Until the twentieth century, Mexico was an overwhelmingly rural country, with rural women's status defined within the context of the family and local community. With urbanization beginning in the sixteenth century, following the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire, cities have provided economic and social opportunities not possible within rural villages. Roman Catholicism in Mexico has shaped societal attitudes about women's social role, emphasizing the role of women as nurturers of the family, with the Virgin Mary as a model.

Urban women in Mexico worked in factories, the earliest being the tobacco factories set up in major Mexican cities as part of the lucrative tobacco monopoly. Women ran a variety of enterprises in the colonial era, with the widows of elite businessmen continuing to run the family business. In the prehispanic and colonial periods, non-elite women were small-scale sellers in markets. In the late nineteenth century, as Mexico allowed foreign investment in industrial enterprises, women found increased opportunities to work outside the home. Women can now be seen working in factories, portable food carts, and owning their own business. “In 1910, women made up 14% of the workforce, by 2008 they were 38%”

Mexican women face discrimination and at times harassment from the men exercising machismo against them. Although women in Mexico are making great advances, they are faced with the traditional expectation of being the head of the household. Researcher Margarita Valdés noted that while there are few inequities imposed by law or policy in Mexico, gender inequalities perpetuated by social structures and Mexican cultural expectations limit the capabilities of Mexican women.

Many women in the workforce do not have legal protections, especially domestic workers. In 2019, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador signed into law protections and benefits for domestic workers, including access to health care and limits on hours of work. The legislation comes after years of activism, including that by Marcelina Bautista, who founded a domestic workers union in 2015. Awareness of the issue got a boost from the 2018 film Roma by Alfonso Cuarón, whose main character is an indigenous female domestic servant. Enforcement of the legislation will be a challenge, since costs to employers will significantly increase.


Mexican Girls (age 18 - 29)

Mexican girls tend to be tanner and have larger asses than most other races in America. Also, Mexican girls are a guaranteed great date for a club, because they are awesome dancers. They could probably take on black girls and because their ass is already the black girl's main competition, and they work harder.

Pregnant women wear a little red ribbon or a safety pin attached to their underwear whenever there’s a lunar eclipse to defend their unborn child from astronomical maleficence. Women also tend to have an overstock on red and yellow panties that reflect their wishes for true love or money for the New Year (depending on the current necessity).

The relationship between mother and daughter undergoes transitions between absolute love and absolute hate with relative ease. The closer they are, the stronger these transitions become and it’s quite common to misinterpret the complexity of their bond based on a discreet observation. Think about them as best friends who occasionally have little misunderstandings…scary and dramatic misunderstandings.


Mexican Women (age 30 - 45)

What these women do share in common are their advanced skills in everything makeup. From the masterful use of a teaspoon for eyelash curling to the amazing ability to draw a perfect eyeliner line during a bumpy bus ride, Mexican women know makeup.

Mexican women are the best when it comes to home remedies: honey lemon tea or mullein for a cold, chamomile to ease up stomach pain and help you sleep, valerian to calm your nerves, and some aloe for anything else. Nothing withstands the power of teas and herbal infusions.

They are also familiar with every possible kind of weight-reduction plan. The moon diet, the grapefruit diet, the apple diet, the just-a-random-amount-of-time diet — you name it, they’ve probably tried it.


Mexican Ladies (age 45+)

Mexican ladies are notoriously social creatures. I say creatures because it’s almost an animalistic instinct to share the charm. You walk into a Latino family party and you’re sure to get a dozen hugs and kisses on the cheek.

Mexican ladies tend to be full-force. Latinos are very passionate… particularly the women. This can lead to a culture of paradox extremes– a Latina woman is either ridiculously fit or struggling with obesity. She's either top of her class in her career, or a stay at home mom focusing only on her family. She's either only shows up to the Catholic parties or refuses to drink or dance in the name of Christ.

They are also used to being taken care of, and she’s used to taking care of people. It all runs back to passion and hard-loving. They enjoy catering to family, friends, and partners. In summary, ladies from Mexico are among the best in Latin America – they have been outgoing, fun, old-fashioned, sexy and well-mannered.


Foreign Girls (tourists, expats, students, etc.)

One dominant group of foreign girls in Mexico City is tourists. Mexico was ranked as the sixth-most visited country in the world for tourism activities. Mexico City offers a unique collision of contemporary city life and historic preservation. World-class museums, restaurants and parks rub shoulders with the remains of several cultures.

Mexico City is also home to large communities of expatriates and immigrants from the rest of North America, from South America, mainly from Argentina and Colombia, but also from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela. Mexico City is home to the largest population of U.S. Americans living outside the United States. Estimates are as high as 700,000 U.S. Americans living in Mexico City, while in 2020 the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs estimated over 600,000 Americans lived in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area.


Sex

As to sexuality concerning religious and cultural norms, older women who are religious typically are more sexually conservative than young girls and nonbelievers, regardless of educational level. Because most religions disapprove of sexual intercourse outside of a marital relationship, the repressing effects of religion on sexual desire could be substantial especially if an older woman is not married.


Sex Culture

Mexican nationally representative samples indicate that between 28% and 30% of youth have engaged in sexual intercourse with boys and older adolescents more likely to have engaged in the behavior than girls or younger adolescents. Research conducted in the U.S. indicates that Latino parents may socialize adolescents to delay engaging in sexual behavior by the transmission of general and sexual Latino cultural values.


One-Night Stands

The allure of the one-night stand may be greater than that of any other sexual escapade in our culture. It requires a chase, delivers a prize and opens a forum of satisfaction, both as a game of hide-and-seek and in the sultry moments with your unknown partner. One-night stands are a firecracker of sexuality: short, explosive, easily found in Mexico, and leaving a lasting memory that often trumps the experience.


Best Places to Meet Single Girls

Built on the ruins of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City is one of the oldest and largest cities in the Americas. Colonial architecture, iconic artwork, spicy cuisine, and rich cultural heritage offer visitors an endless array of activities that will satisfy any appetite.

Though much-maligned in the past, these days the city is cleaning up its act. Revamped public spaces are springing back to life, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. On top of all that, by largely managing to distance itself from the drug war, the nation's capital remains a haven of sorts. Far from shaking off visitors, the earthquakes of 2017 revealed a young society that attracted admiration through their solidarity. A stroll through the buzzing downtown area reveals the capital’s storied history, from pre-Hispanic and colonial-era splendor to its contemporary edge.


Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs

• Main Room: Don’t be confused, or deterred, by the sign that reads ‘Baños Roma' outside of Main Room because you're not queuing in your finery to enter a public bathroom, but rather one of the area's coolest clubbing destinations (you reach the bar via an elevator!). A reservation via Facebook is highly recommended given that, as with many of these clubs, the line is lengthy but the wait is worth it. Only men pay cover.

• Departamento: This upstairs club-performance space is like being invited to Roma's coolest friend of a friend's apartment for an intimate live performance or dance in their living room. Quality cocktails and beers help the mix of visitors and hip locals mingle. Check the website for the calendar of Mexican and international musicians and DJs, who have included Sotomayor and the Rapture.

• Patrick Miller: Patrick Miller is a well-known nightclub on the Mexico City scene, most notably for its dance-off reputation and massively varied clientele. You pay in advance for your drinks tokens and you'll leave sweatier than when you came in, so be prepared for an evening you'll never forget. You know you're in for an experience if you decide to stop by Patrick Miller, as it even made our guide to Mexico City's most unique nights out.

• M.N.Roy: Situated in the heart of Roma, one of the best barrios for nightlife in the city, M.N.Roy also has a somewhat legendary status for its revolutionary namesake and celebrity clientele. If you get in, you’ll be able to enjoy electronic music and a wide selection of cocktails, but getting in is tricky; M.N.Roy is incredibly exclusive. You have to own a membership card to enter or be tight with whoever's on the door that night.

• Club Social Rhodesia: Currently one of the hottest clubs of the moment in Mexico City, Club Social Rhodesia is well located just next to the Glorieta de la Cibeles. As with many other Roma spots, it’s an old converted house that looks deceptively uninviting from the outside, although the queue snaking down the street tells you otherwise. Over three floors, they play pop/rock and dance music, the atmosphere is alternative rather than fancy, and the drinks aren’t too overpriced.

• Americana Club Social: You might feel a bit like you’ve stepped back in time when you enter Americana Club Social, but the experience of visiting this reputable, sensual Mexico City hotspot is out of this world. Stepping past the velvet rope on the door, you’re met with artwork by Gildo Medina, live electronic and house music and outstanding service. As if that weren’t enough, the luxurious club itself is situated in a converted colonial house that has two floors, the second of which boasts a stripper pole.

• La Santa: It had a hype to live up to when it opened in the swanky Polanco district in October 2016, and live up it did. La Santa Polanco, situated right on the corner of one of the city’s fanciest avenues, Masaryk, is one of the poshest (and priciest) hotspots in Mexico City. You need to be on the list and dressed to impressed – waiting in a long queue just to be turned away is never fun. However, while the vibe is exclusive, the music is commercial.

• AM Local: Spread over three floors, each with their distinctive vibe and atmosphere, AM Local lives up to its name as you more than likely won't stumble out until the early hours of the morning. LED lights are the principal feature of the interior design and if you think the action is on the second floor just wait until you hit the third-floor terrace. Having now been open for well over 10 years, AM Local is a staple on the Mexico City scene and offers reasonable prices and a flexible dress code.

• Dinsmoor: Dinsmoor is possibly one of the options that you won’t find on many guides to Mexico City clubbing, given that it is a crazy exclusive nightclub with an entry process akin to an underground speakeasy. Once you're inside, industrial décor is the order of the day – red neon signs blaring out social media-friendly slogans and wire mesh fences. Depending on the night's DJ, you might get anything from electronic to house music and you must have a table (or a connection) to gain access.

• Sens: This is a club that is also considered one of the city’s most exclusive nightlife destinations, where the interior décor is redone every three months to ensure you always get a new and unique experience. Sens is known for its champagne swigging, posh Mexico City crowd as well as for attracting national and international celebrities, so be sure you’ve got the money and stamina for the place before you queue the night away trying to get in.


Shopping Malls

Some of the malls in Mexico City include:

• Antara Polanco

• Centro Coyoacán

• Reforma 222

• Centro Comercial Santa Fe

• Perisur

• Paseo Arcos Bosques

• Galerías Insurgentes


Outdoors

Officially called La Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City’s main square is better known as the Zócalo. This historic location was a ceremonial hub for the Mexica indigenous people who ruled the Aztec Empire. The destination still has an important role in official celebrations and protests. Covering an area of 620,000 square feet, this is one of the largest public squares in the Americas. From the Zócalo, you can admire the impressive sights of the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, and frequent displays of Aztec dancing and music.

Running diagonally through Mexico City, the Paseo de la Reforma is home to many of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Angel of Independence and the looming Torre Mayor skyscraper. Austrian architect Ferdinand von Rosenzweig designed the street on the orders of Maximilian I, who briefly ruled as emperor of Mexico until his execution in 1867. A stroll down the Paseo takes you from the city center to Chapultepec Castle. Along the way, you can admire the city’s best architecture and sample the food in the boulevard’s numerous restaurants and cafes.

Just east of the Zócalo is the Templo Mayor Museum, which houses the remains of the main Mexica ceremonial center. According to the Mexica, this was the exact center of the universe. That meant it was the perfect site on which to build a monument to Huitzilopochtli, the god of war; and Tlaloc, the god of rain and agriculture. The Spanish destroyed much of the temple, but you can still admire the remains at the excavated site, while other Mexica artifacts are on display at the adjacent museum.

Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology, located within the Bosque de Chapultepec, is the country’s most-visited museum. It stocks a vast collection of artifacts recovered from pre-Hispanic civilizations such as the Mayans, Olmecs, and Aztecs. There are many highlights – including giant Olmec heads discovered in the Mexican jungle and a jade mask depicting the Zapotec bat god. The most famous artifact of all is the Sun Stone, an intricately detailed Aztec calendar.

Museo Frida Kahlo, or La Casa Azul (The Blue House) is a fascinating museum dedicated to the life and work of Frida Kahlo, a celebrated Mexican artist. The museum stocks an impressive collection of Kahlo’s artworks; but it has an intimate feel, too – the artist was born, grew up, and ultimately died within the walls of the building. Inside, you’ll find the decor virtually unchanged since the 1950s. You can sense the artist’s presence among the many artifacts, photographs, and personal items on display.

The Leon Trotsky Museum is just a short walk from La Casa Azul. The exiled Russian revolutionary had originally lived with Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera but was expelled by Rivera after he had a romantic affair with Kahlo. The Russian stayed at 410, Río Churubusco until a Stalinist agent attacked him with an ice pick in the study in August 1940. He died from his wounds the following day. Much like Kahlo's house, the museum gives you an intimate look into its former owner's history – the rooms are preserved as they were when Trotsky lived and a tomb in the garden contains his ashes.

A short walk from the Zócalo is the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the country’s most important cultural center. The building is of striking Art Nouveau and Neoclassical design. Inside, you’ll find a plush marble interior. The center hosts important art and photography exhibitions, as well as theatrical performances. It is also adorned with magnificent frescoes produced by each of the “Big Three” muralists – Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco.

The canals of Xochimilco are a celebrated attraction and UNESCO World Heritage site. At weekends, visitors take trips on the brightly painted boats that offer tours of the floating garden. But one secluded area along the shores of the water offers a far more haunting experience. On the Island of the Dolls, you’ll find dozens of discolored plastic figurines dangling from the branches of the trees. The island was once the home of a hermit called Don Julian Santana. According to local lore, Santana found the drowned body of a little girl in the lake and began collecting the dolls to honor her memory.

Enjoy Chapultepec Forest: Once a lush retreat for the Aztec ruling elite, the Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest) is Mexico’s most famous public park. At 1,695 acres it is nearly double the size of New York’s Central Park. Aside from lakes and lush woodland, the park boasts numerous other attractions, including the Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle. In 2019, the Large Urban Park Awards recognized Chapultepec as the Best Urban Park in the World.

There are few spectacles more thrilling and surreal than a Lucha libre (Mexican professional wrestling) event. With a capacity of 16,500, the Arena México is the largest lucha stadium in the world. Every weekend, the venue hosts bouts between superstar wrestlers. While the organizers fix the results, the performances still require impressive skill and acrobatics.


Universities and Colleges

Some of the universities and colleges found in the city include:

• Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco

• National Autonomous University of Mexico

• National Polytechnic Institute

• Metropolitan Autonomous University

• Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

• Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica

• Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education


Relationship

Like their counterparts in Paris, young people in Mexico City still adhere to a more romantic notion of dating than most English-speaking countries. While giving someone red roses is relegated to Valentine’s Day and anniversaries in many places, it is still a common courtship ritual in Mexico City. “Hookup culture” hasn’t quite taken over the dating landscape yet — although tides are turning. If you’re looking for a city to find your true love, where the architecture is steeped in history and the dating culture is affectionate, then Mexico City may be just the place.

Compared to many metropolitan areas, the social norms surrounding dating and love are much more traditional in Mexico City. Dating often involves lots of words of affirmation and compliments, roses and other tokens of affection, and long lead-ups to intimacy. Individuals are likely to be forward and direct in their approach.

This traditional culture also tends to be very chivalrous in contrast to English-speaking cities. Men are expected to open doors for their dates, as well as foot the bill for any activities — going Dutch and splitting the bill is nearly unheard of. If you have a car, it’s also a best practice to pick up your date. When in doubt about what to do or how to talk to your date, be polite and use your common sense!.


Holiday Romance

Whether your holiday romance is a fleeting fling or a romantic break away with your other half, there’s just something about the sun, sea, sand and cocktails that creates the perfect setting for a little summer loving. Sun, sand, surf and cocktails — away from the real world, a carefree, tropical holiday can be a breeding ground for romance.

Given the finite number of days you have, holiday romances aren’t about taking things slowly, they’re about having fun. If you have a different idea, it’s always good to be upfront from the start. While taking positive risks should be part and parcel of any trip, it’s important to be sensible and to play it safe. Take precautions and always let your friends know where you are. Remember, until recently, this person was a stranger. Don't do anything you're not comfortable with, keep your wits about you and use common sense.

You should not expect a happily ever after. While your head may be filled with fantasies of a white wedding as you big a teary farewell at the airport, when you’re back at your desk at work reality will soon set in. Yes, there are those stories where holiday flings have worked out, but for every success, there are countless failures.


Tips for Successful Relationship

We all want to have healthy relationships, but most of us were never really taught about what that means. The key is being communicative and proactive.

As the months and years roll on, we tend to slink into our proverbial sweatpants and get lazy in our relationship. We lose our patience, gentleness, thoughtfulness, understanding, and the general effort we once made toward our mate. Think back to the first year of your relationship and write down all the things you used to do for your partner then start doing them again.

Over time, we assume that our partner knows us so well that we don't need to ask for what we want. What happens when we make this assumption? Expectations are set, and just as quickly, they get deflated. Those unmet expectations can leave us questioning the viability of our partnership and connection. Keep in mind that "asking for what you want" extends to everything from emotional to sexual wants.

Create a weekly ritual to check in with each other. This can be short or long, but it begins by asking each other what worked and didn't work about the previous week and what can be done to improve things this coming week. Additionally, use this opportunity to get on the same page with your schedules, plan a date night, and talk about what you would like to see happen in the coming days, weeks, and months in your relationship.

Unless you have committed to an asexual partnership, sex and touch such as kissing, holding hands, and cuddling are vital components of a romantic relationship. How much sex a couple has is, of course, up to the particular pair of individuals, so you must discuss your ideas about it to manage any desire discrepancy.

Life and work distractions can become paramount in our minds, and that leaves little time or energy for our partner. Barring any emergencies or deadlines, we should be fully present when we are with our mate. We truly hear what they are saying (instead of pretending to listen), we leave our distractions behind, and we don't pick them up again until the sun comes up and we walk out the door.

When conflicts inevitably come up, remember to approach them thoughtfully and with a lot of kindness toward your partner and yourself. If you see the stress beginning to escalate during a conversation about a conflict, one or both of you can call a break so that cooler heads can prevail.

In most disagreements, we communicate from the obvious emotions such as anger, annoyance, and the like. Leading from this place can create confusion and defensiveness, and it can ultimately distract from the real issue. Start communicating from the bottom layer which is the feelings that are driving your reactions, such as disappointment, rejection, loneliness, or disrespect.

Conversations quickly turn to arguments when we're invested in hearing our partner admit that we were right or when we are intent on changing their opinion. Choose to approach a conversation as an opportunity to understand your significant other's perspective as opposed to waiting for them to concede. From this perspective, you will have an interesting dialogue and prevent a blowout or lingering frustration.

It's well understood that apologizing is a good thing, but it only makes a real impact when you mean it. Saying things like "I'm sorry you feel that way," "I'm sorry you see it that way," or "I'm sorry if I upset you" are a waste of time and breath. Even if you don't agree that your action was wrong, you will never successfully argue a feeling.

Any issues you avoid, or truths you don’t want to acknowledge, will likely undermine your relationship. It’s better to face the truth squarely in the face right now and address it, rather than let it sabotage your relationship in the long run. Be intentional and figure out the truth about your relationship. Think through all aspects of it—your feelings and thoughts, the other person’s feelings and thoughts, as well as their external context.


Love

Even though some aspects of the dating culture may seem very conventional and tied to older ideas of gender roles, Mexico City’s atmosphere is also very open. The dating scene is becoming more diverse and is accepting of LGBT individuals (in fact, Mexico City legalized gay marriage in 2010, well before many other places like the US, Australia and Germany). So no matter who you are or who you’re interested in, there’s room to be yourself in Mexico City.

Today in Mexico, courtship continues to take time. However, most couples date first and then become engaged. Engagements remain lengthy, but typically only one to two years.

The patriarchal nature of Mexican culture dictates much regarding dating and courtship. For example, a girl's father determines when she is eligible for courtship. For the most part, fathers forbid their daughters to date until their quinceañera.

Every 15-year-old girl enjoys a special debut celebration when they reach this notable age. This symbolizes her transition from girlhood to womanhood. At this point, suitors may approach her parents for permission to court her. Also, she is eligible to participate in a ritual called paseo.

On a Sunday evening, the eligible youth of the village stroll in a circle around the central plaza. The boys walk in one direction, while the girls walk in the opposite direction. They begin by walking with their friends. However, when a young lady catches the eye of a young man, he may pause as they pass to offer her a flower. If she keeps the flower on the next pass, that means she accepts his attentions. The third time around, the young man will step away from his friends to walk and talk with her. All of this takes place under the watchful eye of her family and the rest of the village. If the young man wishes to court the young lady further, he must first approach her father for permission.


How to Make Sure She Is the One

While everyone is looking for different traits in their life partners, there are some essential traits you should seek, from empathy to consistency. These traits help you both to understand and love each other.

A healthy, stable relationship focuses on giving rather than taking. Seeing your significant other happy should make you just as happy, and she should treat you in the same way. Your joy should be her joy, too—it can be as simple as asking about your day or looking after you when you are sick. As time passes, the excitement at the beginning of the relationship will pass, but you should both be just as focused on giving each other happiness.

If you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you must find that person intellectually challenging. Looks are fleeting but personality is forever—your conversations together should be interesting, insightful and full of depth. Your partner should be able to challenge your opinions, opening up your mind to new ideas and concepts.

An ideal wife is someone who will do good things, not just because other men's wives do them too, but because they are the right things to do. She surpasses other women, not because she competes with them, but because she competes with herself and tries to improve every day a little bit more. Before marrying a woman, you must be sure that she will always support you in any situation, especially in the presence of other people. If she is very considerate, then you won’t have to worry that she somehow will disgrace you. For example, a tactless woman may make a toxic comment to your relatives or may comment on your shortcomings in front of the guests. It doesn’t mean that she should always agree with you. She just has to know how to gently tell you about your problems.

There is a big difference between a wish and the ability to have children. If your girlfriend shows that she likes children and maybe even persuaded you to have a pet, then you know that her mother's instincts are active. For your children, this means that if you marry her, they will have a nice mother and a happy and healthy family. Look at her reaction when you start talking about children, she may feel afraid, but never disgusted.

In addition to supporting and encouraging you to pursue your own goals and dreams, she will have her own as well. A mature woman has a vision for her future and chases after it with voracity. A mature woman will be someone you can take on the world with. She will be your partner in crime, a teammate in your relationship, and life.

Being consistent is a valuable virtue because it lets your partner know that you are who you are. You haven't sent your "representative" to get to know them during the first couple of months of dating, but then suddenly transform once they've committed themselves to you. Consistency is the opposite of volatility. If someone is unpredictable and volatile, it’s difficult to know how they will be acting towards you on a certain day, and that gets old no matter how aesthetically pleasing she is.


Marriage

The General Law on the Rights of Children and Adolescents 2014 establishes 18 years as the minimum age of marriage, but girls can marry at 14 and boys can marry at 16 with parental consent. However, the age of marriage varies at the state level and is dependent on each state's legislation.

Only a civil marriage is recognized as legal in Mexico. You don’t need to engage in a religious ceremony but if you omit the civil ceremony, the marriage will not be legal. Most Mexicans have two marriages: the civil (legal) marriage and the church (religious) one. You don't need to be resident in Mexico to get married here; you'll just need a passport and your tourist permit, plus some other paperwork. If you plan to get married to a Mexican in Mexico, you will need additional documentation – read the section just ahead.

Chest X-rays and blood tests must be done locally in Mexico, as the results of the blood tests and the X-ray documentation must be in Spanish and the tests need to be done within a certain time frame of the Marriage Application Form being completed. Not all Mexican States require the Chest X-rays.

You will need to have 4 witnesses present at the legal ceremony, and they must have valid identification: usually, a valid Passport is used, but other forms of government-issued identification would be accepted. Your Marriage Certificate will be valid world-wide, but you should get your certificate ‘legalized’ in Mexico to ensure it is legally accepted when you get back home. The process is the reverse of getting your native documentation apostilled for Mexico by the necessary authorities for marriage in Mexico; The registry office in Mexico will tell you where this can be done locally or if you hire a wedding planner, he/she will advise.

Each state in Mexico has slightly different laws regarding when previously married couples may re-marry. Most places require that both the bride and groom are to be are divorced (starting from the date of the final divorce decree) at least one full calendar year before re-marrying.

The couple getting married will be required to present the following documentation and requisites. Foreign documents listed below (except your passport and travel permit) will need to be:

• Translated into Spanish;

• Notarized by your nearest Mexican Consulate and;

• Be ‘Apostilled' in the country where you live by the appropriate organization/authorities (see next section about Apostilles)

Once you have gathered this merry medley of paperwork and official documents together, you will need to pay your Marriage License fee, allow the waiting period to go by (anything from 30 minutes to a few days, depending on the state in Mexico where you get married), and then the ceremony may take place and the marriage will be legal.

The least expensive option is to have the ceremony performed at the Local Registry Office. For a further fee, you can arrange for the ceremony to take place elsewhere. You will need to make further arrangements with all parties involved or instruct a local wedding planner to arrange this on your behalf.

Once the civil ceremony has been completed, you will need to obtain a certified copy of the marriage certificate (Acta de Matrimonio). This will prove that you have been legally wed under Mexican law, and the marriage will be recognized just about everywhere in the world.


Wedding

Mexican weddings are full of life, fun, and most importantly, family! Some couples may want to incorporate some aspects of their culture into their big day. This article will provide tips for those looking to honor these traditions into their Mexican wedding.

Typically, the groom pays for the bride’s wedding dress. He’s supposed to give the money to the bride’s family to make the attire themselves. The traditional Mexican wedding dress incorporates elements of traditional Spanish attire. The most notable inspiration, the gypsy dress, has its origins in Seville, Spain.

Today, the traditional Mexican wedding dress has evolved. Brides often go for a variety of styles. However, most brides will add subtle Mexican elements. For example, a bride can wear a modern wedding dress and then make it traditional by wearing a Mantilla as a veil. A Mantilla typically has more lace than your standard bride’s veil.

Los Padrinos is the official term for sponsors at a Mexican Wedding. The sponsors are typically handpicked by the bride and groom. To be chosen to be a Padrino is a huge honor in Mexican Tradition. There are two types of sponsors: role models and gift-giving ones. If the sponsors want, they can be both. The role model sponsors are usually a married couple with some experience in relationships. They are highly respected by both the bride and groom. Role model sponsors act as witnesses to the marriage ceremony and often participate in one way or another during mass. The gift-giving sponsors cover some of the wedding expenses such as florals or the DJ.

Mexican wedding ceremonies are traditionally held in the Catholic Church. Most Mexican families practice Catholicism and believe in the holy sacrament. For many, getting married in the presence of God is extremely important to the family. It’s one of the 7 most important rituals for Catholics. It is believed by getting married in a church, God has accepted your union. Also, both sets of parents can walk their children down the aisle. In this case, it's not just the bride that walks down the aisle with their parents. The groom's parents should also walk their son down the aisle as a sign that they accept the union.

Las arras matriomoniales or wedding coins signify the groom’s wealth. These coins have to be thirteen in number – to signify the 12 disciples and Jesus himself. After the exchange of vows, the groom will give his bride the wedding coins in a decorated box. This act symbolizes trust between the man and the woman. It shows that the groom has confidence in his spouse so much so that he gives her his wealth for safekeeping.

Wedding Lasso is worn by both the bride and groom to signify their mutual support for each other. The wedding sponsors can put the lasso on the couple. First, they have to put it on the bride’s shoulders and then the groom’s, forming the number eight. The couple should wear the lasso during the entire mass period. From there, the priest will remove it.

Mariachi bands are a staple during cocktail hour or dinner time at Mexican Weddings. They sing folklore songs that are reminiscent of Mexican traditions. The songs favor both the young and the old.

Unlike western weddings where the bride and groom have a big tiered cake waiting for them at the reception, the traditional Mexican wedding cake is a little bit different. Instead of having one cake, the table hosts several confectioneries. Polvorones or the traditional Mexican wedding cake has to be part of that display. Polvorones are more like cookies instead of cakes, but they have a long tradition at Mexican weddings. Other cakes included in the wedding are tres leches or milk cake and the fruit cake.

During the reception, guests give the newly-weds money to dance with them. If a male guest wants to dance with the bride, they’ll pin a dollar bill to the dress and ask for a dance. The same goes for female guests. They have to pin dollar bills to the groom’s suit before asking for a dance. It’s a perfect excuse to give money to the newly-weds.


Family Life

One’s family is the most important aspect of life for most Mexicans. It is believed that “what God has united cannot be separated by man”. In respect of this, family relationships are typically very close. One’s family tends to have a major influence on the individual, providing a sense of identity, community and support.

There is a general expectation placed upon Mexicans to be loyal and committed to their family by putting the interests of the family above their own. Close-knit family relations provide Mexicans with a network of security and support, particularly in times of need. This is especially relevant to the lower classes as the extended family can be crucial to helping an individual cope with hardships during difficult times. People from this social bracket tend to be more open about their family's problems so that others can aid them in their time of difficulty. Neighbors often play a large role in this way.

Mexicans don't have a great amount of privacy from their family as parental authority generally continues throughout a Mexican's life, even after they have become a fully independent adult. The family also forms the basis for many people's social circles. Mexicans are generally very close to the extended relatives from all different generations. They tend to mix and socialize a lot. For example, it is not uncommon for someone to invite all their cousins to functions, or for grandparents to attend teenagers’ birthdays.

The average Mexican household structure varies between social classes. Most households consist of the nuclear family alone, but multi-generational living is still common in both rural and urban areas. In cities, this usually occurs among lower classes due to economic necessity.

Children are not always expected to move out of home when they come of age. The high costs of independent living and tertiary education means that only children from more privileged classes tend to leave their parents' home to study. Most children stay in their parents' households until they get married or a job opportunity requires them to move/leave. For families in the lower class and rural areas, a child's departure for study or a job is seen more like a sacrifice on their behalf than a rite of passage.


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